World Series of Gin Rummy (WSOGR)
The World Series of Gin Rummy (WSOGR) is the most prestigious land based Gin Rummy tournament in the world. Each year over 100 players enter the event all vying for the first place prize of no less than $40,000. While the series has been running in some shape or another for over twenty years in Nevada, the term World Series of Poker was trademarked by John Hainline (the director of the Gin Rummy Association), and the 2002 event was billed as the first Annual John Hainline’s The World Series of Gin Rummy.
After defeating 125 other competitors, Dick Archer became the first World Series of Gin Rummy winner, walking away with a $40,000 first place prize and bragging rights as the World Champion of Gin Rummy.
WSOGR 2003 to 2007
In 2003, the event moved from Binions Horseshoe in Downtown Las Vegas to the Rivera Hotel and Casino located on the Las Vegas strip and was GameColony.com. The winner of the 2003 event was the eventual 2003 Gin Rummy player of year Larry Fine who took first place in two out of three Gin Rummy Association sanctioned tournaments that year.
In 2007 it appeared likely Steve McFarland would be the final WSOGR champion crowned at the Rivera, when he joined 2004 winner Levine Bob, 2005 winner Tom Cobb, and 2006 winner Tony Bellino as former World Series of Gin Rummy champions. This was due to the announcement the 2008 and all future events would be held at the New Orleans Hotel and Casino, located just off the Las Vegas strip.
WSOGR 2008 and 2009
Two WSOGR champions were crowned at the New Orleans, Bill Laurento (5/18/2008) and Terry Masline (5/17/2009) before the Gin Rummy Association website posted the news that the event would once again be returning to the Rivera Hotel and Casino.
2010 WSOGR Event
The 2010 World Series of Gin Rummy (2010 WSOGR) is scheduled for May 23-26, 2010 at the Riviera in Las Vegas. The buy-in cost has not yet been announced, but in recent years the tournament has had a buy-in of $1,200. Over 400 players are expected to enter this years WSOGR singles world championship.
Win a 2010 WSOGR Seat Online
Rummy is the fastest growing skill based game on the internet, with now over 25,000 players across the world playing simultaneously at any given time. The most populated virtual location for all forms of Rummy for real money is the standalone Online Rummy Room known as RummyRoyal. As their site has grown in recent years so has the World Series of Gin Rummy. For the 2010 WSOGR, RummyRoyal is expected to give away dozens of seats through online satellite tournaments. Of course, you’re always welcome to buy in direct to the Championship event; however, with satellites available for just $33 and a chance to win a seat for free, why not head on over to the RummyRoyal website and see about getting your 2010 WSOGR seat for free.